Palatka Police Department

  • Agency: Palatka Police Department
  • Address: 110 N. 11th Street, Palatka, 32177 FL
  • Chief: Gary Getchell (Chief of Police)
Phone: 386-329-0115
Fax: 386-329-0159

Palatka Police Department is located at 110 N. 11th Street, Palatka, 32177 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Gary Getchell. The Palatka Police Department phone number is 386-329-0115.

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Palatka FL., On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, The Palatka Police Department responded to 303 Benham Street, Palatka, Florida in reference to a subject being shot. Upon arrival officers located Louis Williams (age 52) of Palatka, Florida with a gunshot wound to the right cheek. Medical attention was render to Williams until EMS personnel arrived on scene. Williams was able to communicate with officers and provided information. Detectives located and spoke with individuals, who provided suspect information. Williams was transported to the Orange Park Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. During the course of the investigation Detectives learned that Anthony Foxx (age 36) of St. Augustine, Florida was responsible for shooting Williams. Foxx was later located and arrested in St. Augustine, Florida with the assistance of the US Marshal’s Regional Task Force. Foxx was transported back to Palatka and booked into the Putnam County jail. Foxx was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Foxx is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.

On Wednesday, February 07th, members of the Palatka Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit executed a narcotics related search warrant at 1605 Washington Street Apartment #169 Palatka, Florida. Detectives located Tniyah Tucker (age 30) and her two (2) small children inside the residence. During the search of the residence, marijuana and miscellaneous items of paraphernalia were located inside the home. Tucker was arrested and charged with Possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Tucker was booked on a $2,500.00 bond and has since been released.

Palatka Pride Clean Up Hank Bryan Park Neighborhood From South 13th Street to Moseley Avenue / St. Johns Ave to Crill Avenue

Palatka Pride Clean Up North Side Neighborhood

Palatka Pride Clean Up - South Side Historic Neighborhood

Recently we have seen an increase in the use and passing of counterfeit money. The bills are in 20, 50 and 100 dollar denominations. The bills have Chinese writing and or the words "For motion picture purposes only" printed on them and the presidents photos are also altered. Bills like this are being passed in Palatka at local businesses, gas stations and restaurants. This is also occurring in Flagler County. See the story by News4Jax. https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/flagler-county/flagler-county-deputies-see-rise-in-counterfeit-bills We encourage all business, not for profit organizations and individuals accepting cash to inspect all bills and when possible use a money marker to verify the bills are good.

ATTENTION: The Palatka Police Department is actively investigating the disappearance of Lance Cohens. Cohens has not been seen since December 17, 2017. Anyone with information please contact Detective Johnson at (386) 329-0115 or the Palatka Police Department's anonymous tip line at (386) 329-0170.

Press Release: Palatka Fl., the Palatka Police Department Street Crimes Unit, U.S. Marshals Taskforce and the State Attorney’s Office completed a six month investigation yesterday deemed Operation New Year’s Restitution. This investigation consisted of undercover drug buys throughout the City of Palatka. Various types of drugs were purchased from seventeen suspects, some of whom had multiple cases and charges. Yesterday morning a warrant sweep was conducted by members of the Palatka Police Department Street Crimes Unit and U.S. MarshalsTaskforce. At the conclusion of the operation ten of the suspects had been arrested. Seven suspects are still at large. The suspects who were arrested are as follows: Eddie Walker, Floyd Murray, Robert Maggard, Anthony Calloway, Timothy Brinson, Rhodney Williams, Richard Adams, Eslie Lawrence, Sebrina Williams and another suspect who’s name is not being released. Suspects who are still at large are: Annie Stewart, Freddie Lewis III, Larontae, Tywain Session JR, Marvin Passmore, Kevin Daniels JR and Jarvis Sampson. Anyone who may know the location of a suspect listed above who has not been arrested is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800.

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Attention.....We need your help in locating a MISSING/ ENDANGERED ADULT. Lance Cohens was last seen on December 17th 2017 leaving his home in Palatka. Cohens is 6'5", 312lbs, Black Hair and Brown Eyes. It is believed that he is missing or endagered. Any information on this missing person, please contact 386-329-0800 or Crime Stoppers. Share this post to help locate this subject.

Press Release Palatka Fl., At approximately 4:13 AM the Palatka Police Department received a call that a person had been shot at 2103 Bronson Street. When Officers arrived, they found an adult male with a gunshot wound to the head. The male was transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center and then transferred to Orange Park Medical Center due to his injuries. Currently he is in stable but critical condition. Later in the morning, at approximately 5:49 AM the Palatka Police Department received a second call of another person who had been shot at 506 North 23rd Street. When Officers arrived they found an adult male who had a gunshot wound to the head. The male was transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center and then transferred to Orange Park Medical Center due to his injuries. Currently he is in stable but critical condition. The names of the two shooting victims are not being released at this time. After the second shooting occurred, a carjacking took place at the intersection of North 16th and Eagle Streets. The suspect in the carjacking took a 2003 white colored Ford Mustang from an adult female. The female was not injured during the incident. The suspect then fled the area in the stolen vehicle. As the suspect fled the area in the stolen mustang, the mustang struck a vehicle in the turn lane to McDonalds on Reid Street. No injuries occurred as a result of the crash and the suspect continued to flee the area driving west toward Interlachen. Within moments of their arrival to the carjacking, Palatka Police Officers issued a BOLO for the stolen vehicle. A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it on State Road 20. The driver of the vehicle who has been identified as 29 year old Julius D. Bunch refused to stop the vehicle for the Deputy and fled west on State Road 20. Deputies used tire deflation devices to force Bunch to stop. Bunch eventually crashed the vehicle in the woods on State Road 20 near Interlachen where he was taken into custody without incident. A firearm was recovered from the vehicle which is believed to be stolen from St. Johns County. At this time Bunch is in custody for carjacking, grand theft and fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. He is a person of interest in the two shootings. Anyone who may have additional information on the shootings is asked to call Det. Sgt. Mike Meredith at 386-329-0115. Up-Date 3:45 PM 12-19-17 Detectives with the Palatka Police Department have confirmed the handgun located in the 2003 white Ford Mustang Bunch took during the Carjacking was in fact stolen from St. Johns County. The caliber of the handgun was a 9mm. Detectives also recovered a 9mm shell casing from one of the shooting scenes from this morning. An eyewitness whose name is not being released identified Bunch as the shooter. At this time Detectives believe the motive behind the two shootings was robbery. Both victims are still in critical condition. For their safety names are not being released. Currently the Palatka Police Department has charged Bunch with armed Carjacking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and grand theft of a firearm. Additional charges for attempted murder are pending. The incident is still under investigation. Bunch is believed to be from Gainesville Fl. There is no relationship between him and the victims. Media questions concerning this press release should be directed to Captain Matt Newcomb who is the Public Information Officer for the Palatka Police Department at 386-937-1579.

Press Release Palatka Fl., at approximately 1200 AM on December 15, 2017 Members of the Palatka Police Department and the Palatka Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the intersection of South 15th Street and Oak Street. Upon arrival, Firefighters entered the structure which was a single family residence and extinguished the fire. While inside the residence, Firefighters located an eight year old female inside the home. The child was removed from the residence and transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center where she was later transported to Shands Medical Center. The child is currently in critical condition. The investigation is underway however, it has been determined the child had been left at the residence unattended for an unknown period of time. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit was called to assist with processing the scene. The State Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation and is offering a reward to anyone who may have information leading to an arrest. Due to the fact this incident is currently under investigation the police department is not able to release any other information.

Press Release Palatka Fl., at approximately 1200 AM on December 15, 2017 Members of the Palatka Police Department and the Palatka Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the intersection of South 15th Street and Oak Street. Upon arrival, Firefighters entered the structure which was a single family residence and extinguished the fire. While inside the residence, Firefighters located an eight year old female inside the home. The child was removed from the residence and transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center where she was later transported to Shands Medical Center. The child is currently in critical condition. The investigation is underway however, it has been determined the child had been left at the residence unattended for an unknown period of time. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit was called to assist with processing the scene. The State Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation and is offering a reward to anyone who may have information leading to an arrest. Due to the fact this incident is currently under investigation the police department is not able to release any other information.

Press Release Palatka Fl., at approximately 1200 AM on December 15, 2017 Members of the Palatka Police Department and the Palatka Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the intersection of South 15th Street and Oak Street. Upon arrival, Firefighters entered the structure which was a single family residence and extinguished the fire. While inside the residence, Firefighters located an eight year old female inside the home. The child was removed from the residence and transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center where she was later transported to Shands Medical Center. The child is currently in critical condition. The investigation is underway however, it has been determined the child had been left at the residence unattended for an unknown period of time. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit was called to assist with processing the scene. The State Fire Marshall is assisting in the investigation and is offering a reward to anyone who may have information leading to an arrest. Due to the fact this incident is currently under investigation the police department is not able to release any other information.

Congratulations to Capt. Tobby Williams on being honored at the 2017 State of Florida Police Athletic League Awards Ceremony. Capt. Williams was honored for his assistance during the 2017 Legislative campaign. Palatka Police Athletic League

OVER ONE HUNDRED PALATKA POLICE DEPARTMENT COLOR CHANGING CUPS AND ONE HUNDRED TOYS WERE DELIVERED TO MOSELEY ELEMENTARY’S 3RD GRADE CLASSES TO HAVE AS GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS. THANK YOU TO PRINCIPAL SARAH JEAN MCDANIEL AND ALL OF MOSELEY ELEMENTARY’S 3RD GRADE TEACHERS FOR ALLOWING US TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY’S WITH THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN.

This past Friday the Palatka PAL Mentoring Program took a trip to Painting with a Twist. The event was documented with the below video. As it says in the song "It might sound crazy" but Palatka PAL is making a difference in the lives of the youth in the City of Palatka. Palatka Police Athletic League

Congratulations to Officer Gentry on receiving an award from CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services. Officer Gentry was recognized as a shining example of her law enforcement integrity, compassion and sound judgement. Officer Gentry was particularly helpful to CDS when law enforcement assistance was needed in gaining a youth's compliance for transport. The youth was unhappy about the necessity for transporting her to another facility. The youth's defiance could have resulted in an arrest if Officer Gentry hadn't of stepped in and recognized the youth was in distress and that a compassionate response would be more effective. Officer Gentry shared with the youth her motivation for becoming an officer and was compassionate and empathetic which made all the difference. Officer Gentry has proven to be an asset to the community through her compassion for those she serves. Thank you Officer Gentry for all you do to make your community better. Thank you also to CDS for taken a moment to recognize her efforts. Pictured in the photo below are Chief Shaw, Officer Gentry, Cindy Starling, and Angela Williams.

We would like to thank all of the indidviduals who participated, donated and/or volunteered, for the 2017 Palatka Police Department's 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat event. Here is a little video for those who were unable to attend. We hope you enjoy. Palatka Police Athletic League

We would like to thank all of the partners and participants in this years Palatka Pride Fall Festival.

We are in need for 8-10 bails of hay for our community trick or treat. We can arrange to pickup and return after Tuesday. Thank you!!